Last week it was revealed that Scary Spice, Mel B was entering rehab. Previously, the singer noted she was addressing issues with sex and alcohol in conjunction with her PTSD treatment. Since then, media outlets have been on a frenzy with outlandish headlines of rumors of her alcoholism and sex addiction.
On Wednesday the star clarified her plans to enter a therapy program in Britain while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with guest host, Lea Michele. The America’s Got Talent judge said her announcement got “a little bit skewed with.”
“I’m Fully Aware I Have Been At A Crisis Point”
“I’ve been in therapy since my father got diagnosed with cancer nine years ago,” she told Michele. “My therapy changed a little bit because I was in a very intense relationship, which you can all read about in my book,” Mel continued, referencing her marriage and subsequent contentious divorce from ex Stephen Belafonte.
“I do address a lot of those issues. But you know, no, I’m not an alcoholic. No, I’m not a sex addict,” she continued on the show. “You know, I was with the same person for 10 years and that was quite a turmoil, very intense. That’s all I can say about it. I’d like to say a lot more, but we’re on this show—let’s keep it P.C. But yeah, I address a lot of those issues [in the book] and I did kind of have to ease my pain…I do suffer a lot from PTSD.”
Reliving The Pain
Brown reportedly said in a recent British tabloid interview that she has decided to go into a “proper” therapy program in the next few weeks in the U.K. because of the traumatic nature of writing the book and re-living a number of painful chapters of her life.
As her explanation continued, “Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol—it is underneath all that. I am fully aware I have been at a crisis point. No one knows myself better than I do — but I am dealing with it. I am still struggling but if I can shine a light on the issue of pain, PTSD and the things men and women do to mask it, I will do. I am speaking about this because this is a huge issue for so many people.”
PTSD Effects Millions
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a serious mental health problem that affects millions. Some people develop PTSD after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. PTSD can happen to anyone, and it is not considered a sign of weakness. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person’s control.
An estimated 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives and up to 20 percent of these people go on to develop PTSD.
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